April 2nd

Highly radioactive water leaked into the sea from a crack at Japan's stricken nuclear power plant.
Fukushima disaster cleanup
A 19-count federal racketeering indictment was returned against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who denied doing anything illegal.
Rod Blagojevich corruption charges
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act.
Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency
Israeli forces besiege the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The Israel Defense Force had occupied Bethlehem to capture wanted Palestinians. The 39-day siege ensued after some militants fled into the church, which is believed to stand on the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth.
Siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
Mob boss John Gotti was convicted in New York of murder and racketeering.
John Gotti
Argentina occupies the Falkland Islands. The invasion escalated a long-standing conflict between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the archipelago in the South Atlantic. It triggered the Falklands War, which was won by the U.K.
Occupation of the Falkland Islands
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Oddyssey receives its world premiere. Upon release, the epic about human evolution, technology, and extraterrestrial life polarized audiences and critics alike. Today, it is considered a classic in its genre.
2001: A Space Odyssey (film)
Ras Tafari Makonnen becomes Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia (Ethiopia).
Haile Selassie
President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, "The world must be made safe for democracy.".
United States in World War I
Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va.
Richmond in the American Civil War
The first Italian Parliament met at Turin.
Italian unification
Author Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark.
Hans Christian Andersen
Napoleonic Wars: naval Battle of Copenhagen - The British led by Horatio Nelson destroy the Danish fleet.
Battle of Copenhagen (1807)
Ludwig van Beethoven's First Symphony is premiered. The German composer conducted the orchestra himself. The premiere received exceptionally positive reviews.
Symphony No. 1 (Beethoven)
The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint and authorizing the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins & silver dollar, ½ dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime.
Coinage Act of 1792
Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida.
Juan Ponce de León
Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (İstanbul), which falls May 29.
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